Science and technology will make it possible to garden on Mars

As we look beyond Earth in our exploration of other planets, we will need to develop habitats that are as sustainable as possible, and that includes growing fruits and vegetables. And that is just what Heather Hava, a NASA fellow has done, winning the $15,000 “Eat it!” Lemelson-MIT undergraduate prize, an award for the nation’s top collegiate inventors in food technology, for her robots. Hava, along with other graduate students on her team at the University of Colorado were chosen to participate in NASA’s 2015 Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge. Their project was “Deployable Greenhouse for Food Production.” This project was one of only five chosen by NASA in May 2014. The robotic garden and AI The first of Hava’s two robots is a smart pot called SPOT. It…


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